Your life is probably just as busy as mine. There’s work…and maybe you run a business or two. Kids, pets and significant others appointments, school and other activities. Then there’s laundry, keeping the house tidy and well stocked, groceries, bill paying, vehicle maintenance and meal prep. Someone’s got to make sure the bills are paid, the insurance is current and prescriptions are filled. The landscaping, home maintenance and pest control needs to be kept up. Every year the taxes have to be filed and maybe, just maybe this is the year you are buying or selling your home.
Phew… I’m tired just thinking about it. Are you?
Are you feeling defeated? Like there isn’t any balance? Either your house is clean or you get to spend time with your kids? Either you eat healthy meals or the laundry and landscaping get done. Doesn’t it get a little stressful around tax time when turbo tax isn’t working right or you aren’t sure about the deductions? Then there’s the house… did you disclose appropriately to keep your butt out of court in the future? Did you price the house right? Stage it appropriately? Do you know where to market and how to market? Is that stranger really interested in your house or are they casing the joint and seeing what you have for a security system so they can rob you blind later?
Now I’m not only tired, I’m super stressed.
Back in the day, it was cool to DIY. Your parents probably changed their own oil, did the landscaping and taxes, etc. Most likely they were always sick, tired and really grouchy. Do you find yourself following in their footsteps thinking this is just “life”.
Well, it doesn’t have to be this way.
Everyone has the same 24 hours and you aren’t going to get it all done. It’s just impossible. The key to balance is leverage and the key to leverage is mindset. Change your mindset, change your life. You don’t have to follow in your parents footsteps.
Automate everything that you possibly can. Set up automatic bill payment online, get on auto ship programs for the products you love (I LOVE Melaleuca auto ship), add recurring events to your calendar and set it to remind you for things like vehicle registrations, call the AC guy for the yearly tune-up, oil change reminders, etc.
Pay experienced professionals what they are worth to handle some of the things you just aren’t experienced in, good at or the things that just don’t please you to have to do.
Hire a landscaper, a house cleaner, a professional tax preparer, a mechanic, a pest control person, a handyman and a professional real estate Broker. Hire a professional that preps meals or at least gets your groceries delivered to your door. Hire a kid from the neighborhood to walk the dog. Pay these people what they are worth. You get what you pay for here…do not forget that old saying. I cringe when I see people make the mistake of hiring the least expensive person. THEY ALWAYS wish they had hired a true professional in the end. It ALWAYS costs you more when you go cheap.
Trust me, you do have the money. Budget for this. You’ll be more happy. You’ll have more time. You’ll be more productive at work or in your business. Life all around will be more enjoyable. You’ll spend more time with your family. At the end of the day, it’s all about enjoyment. Stop doing the things you hate to do and are not good at and kills your time. Leave it to the pros that do it every day. You’ll thank me and yourself later.
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Good luck achieving the balance! It is achievable.